Open Section 8 Waiting Lists in Pennsylvania

Find applications for 30 open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Pennsylvania. There are 90 housing authorities with voucher programs serving about 1,635,858 renter households in Pennsylvania. Among these, 16.7 percent of housing authorities run larger voucher programs serving thousands of renters. Over the last three years, there have been 70 waiting lists open in Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania Housing Authorities

1260 Housing Development Corporation

1260 Housing Development Corporation serves Pennsylvania.

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Adams County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Adams County, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

Adams County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Allegheny County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Closed

Allegheny County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Allentown Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Allentown, Pennsylvania Closed

Allentown Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Altoona Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Altoona, Pennsylvania Closed

Altoona Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Berks County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Berks County, Pennsylvania Closed

Berks County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Bethlehem Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Closed

Bethlehem Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Blair County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Blair County Housing & Redevelopment Authority Closed

Blair County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Bradford City Housing Authority

Bradford City Housing Authority serves Pennsylvania.

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Bradford County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Bradford County and Tioga County, Pennsylvania Open Now

Bradford County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Bucks County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Bucks County, Pennsylvania Limited Closed
Bucks County, Pennsylvania Family Unification Program (FUP) Open Until Further Notice

Bucks County Housing Authority is accepting applications for a waiting list now.

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Carbon County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Carbon County, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

Carbon County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Carbondale Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Carbondale, Pennsylvania Closed

Carbondale Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Centre County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of Centre County Open Until Further Notice

Centre County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Chester Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Chester, Pennsylvania Closed

Chester Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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City of Pittston Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
City of Pittston Housing Authority Closed

City of Pittston Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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City of Shamokin Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Shamokin, Pennsylvania Closed

City of Shamokin Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Clarion County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Clarion and Forest County, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

Clarion County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Clearfield County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania Closed

Clearfield County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Clinton County Housing Authority

Clinton County Housing Authority serves Pennsylvania.

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Columbia County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Columbia County, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

Columbia County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Connellsville Housing Authority

Connellsville Housing Authority serves Pennsylvania.

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County of Potter Housing Authority

County of Potter Housing Authority serves Pennsylvania.

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Cumberland County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Cumberland County Open Until Further Notice

Cumberland County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Delaware County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Delaware County, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

Delaware County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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DuBois Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
DuBois Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

DuBois Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Easton Housing Authority

Easton Housing Authority serves Pennsylvania.

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Fayette County Housing Authority

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Fayette County Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Fayette County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Franklin County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Franklin County, Pennsylvania Closed

Franklin County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Fulton County Housing Authority

Fulton County Housing Authority serves Pennsylvania.

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Greene County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Greene County Housing Authority Closed

Greene County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Harrisburg Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Closed

Harrisburg Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Hazleton Housing Authority

Hazleton Housing Authority serves Pennsylvania.

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Housing Auth of the County of Northumberland

Housing Auth of the County of Northumberland serves Pennsylvania.

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Housing Authority of Indiana County

Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of Indiana County Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of Indiana County is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of Luzerne County

Waiting List Status
Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Closed

Housing Authority of Luzerne County is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of Monroe County

Waiting List Status
Monroe County, Pennsylvania Closed

Housing Authority of Monroe County is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Corry

Housing Authority of the City of Corry serves Pennsylvania.

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Housing Authority of the City of Erie

Waiting List Status
Erie, Pennsylvania Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Erie is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Franklin

Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of the City of Franklin Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Franklin is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Meadville

Housing Authority of the City of Meadville serves Pennsylvania.

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Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh

Waiting List Status
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of York

Waiting List Status
York County, Pennsylvania Closed

Housing Authority of the City of York is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the County of Armstrong

Waiting List Status
Armstrong County, Pennsylvania Closed

Housing Authority of the County of Armstrong is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the County of Beaver

Waiting List Status
Beaver County, Pennsylvania Closed

Housing Authority of the County of Beaver is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the County of Bedford

Housing Authority of the County of Bedford serves Pennsylvania.

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Housing Authority of the County of Butler

Waiting List Status
Butler County, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of the County of Butler is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of the County of Chester

Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of the County of Chester Closed

Housing Authority of the County of Chester is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the County of Dauphin

Waiting List Status
Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Closed

Housing Authority of the County of Dauphin is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the County of Elk

Housing Authority of the County of Elk serves Pennsylvania.

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Housing Authority of the County of Erie

Waiting List Status
Erie County, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of the County of Erie is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of the County of Jefferson

Housing Authority of the County of Jefferson serves Pennsylvania.

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Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna

Waiting List Status
Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Closed

Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence

Waiting List Status
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of the County of Union

Housing Authority of the County of Union serves Pennsylvania.

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Housing Authority of the County of Warren

Housing Authority of the County of Warren serves Pennsylvania.

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Huntingdon County Housing Authority

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Huntingdon County Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Huntingdon County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Johnstown Housing Authority

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Cambria County, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

Johnstown Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Lancaster City Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Lancaster, Pennsylvania Closed
Lancaster, Pennsylvania Closed

Lancaster City Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Lancaster County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Closed

Lancaster County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Lebanon County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Lebanon and Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

Lebanon County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Lehigh County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Lehigh County Housing Authority Closed

Lehigh County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Lycoming Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Closed

Lycoming Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
McKean County, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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McKeesport Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
McKeesport, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

McKeesport Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Mercer County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Mercer County, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

Mercer County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Mifflin County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Mifflin County Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Mifflin County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Montgomery County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Closed

Montgomery County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Northampton County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Northampton County, Pennsylvania Closed

Northampton County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Oil City Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Venango County, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

Oil City Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Philadelphia Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Philadelphia Housing Authority Closed

Philadelphia Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Pottsville Housing Authority

Pottsville Housing Authority serves Pennsylvania.

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Reading Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Reading, Pennsylvania Closed

Reading Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Schuylkill County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Schuylkill County Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Schuylkill County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Scranton Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Scranton Housing Authority Closed

Scranton Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Snyder County Housing Authority

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Snyder and Union County, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

Snyder County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Somerset County Housing Authority

Somerset County Housing Authority serves Pennsylvania.

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Sullivan County Housing Authority

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Sullivan County, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

Sullivan County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Sunbury Housing Authority

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Sunbury Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Sunbury Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Susquehanna County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

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Susquehanna County Housing & Redevelopment Authority Open Until Further Notice

Susquehanna County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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The Housing Auth of the City of Nanticoke

The Housing Auth of the City of Nanticoke serves Pennsylvania.

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The Housing Authority of Montour County

The Housing Authority of Montour County serves Pennsylvania.

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The Wyoming County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities

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The Wyoming County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities Open Until Further Notice

The Wyoming County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Tioga County Housing Authority

Tioga County Housing Authority serves Pennsylvania.

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Titusville Housing Authority

Titusville Housing Authority serves Pennsylvania.

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Venango County Housing Authority

Venango County Housing Authority serves Pennsylvania.

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Washington County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Washington County, Pennsylvania Closed

Washington County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Wayne County Housing Authority

Wayne County Housing Authority serves Pennsylvania.

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Westmoreland County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Open Until Further Notice

Westmoreland County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Wilkes Barre Housing Authority Closed

Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Are Section 8 Waiting Lists Open in Pennsylvania?

As of July 3, 2024, AHO is tracking 0 waiting lists open right now that are scheduled to close in the near future. Additionally, AHO is monitoring 29 waiting lists that are open until further notice.

AHO encourages you to first apply to the waiting lists that are scheduled to close, as most housing choice voucher programs do not have a set schedule for when they will reopen their waiting lists.

AHO still encourages you to apply to continuously open waiting lists as soon as possible. These waiting lists may close without sufficient notice.

In total, there are 29 waiting lists you can apply to right now and 1 waiting lists you can apply to soon.

How many HCV waiting lists were open in Pennsylvania in the last few years?

During the last three years, there were 70 HCV waiting lists open for at least a day in Pennsylvania.

How long were HCV waiting lists kept open in Pennsylvania in the last few years?

Section 8 HCV waiting lists in Pennsylvania were kept open an average of 702 days over the last three years.

Many waiting lists were kept open only a short time. In the last three years, 15.7% were open seven days or less and 1.4% were open for only one day (or a few hours) . This means that it is important for low-income renters to apply right away when they find an open waiting list.

How hard is it to get a voucher if I don't currently live in the area the housing authority serves?

Renters can apply to any open HCV waiting list in the country. The program is supposed to promote mobility so that renters can move to places with more opportunity.

Some housing authorities have a preference for local residents in their waiting list placement. If you live outside the area you can get on the waiting list, but you will likely wait a long time before a voucher is offered, if at all.

Over the last three years, 42.9% of waiting lists in Pennsylvania that opened had a preference for local residents.

To what extent do housing authorities in Pennsylvania increase access with online applications?

Online applications make it easier for low-income renters to apply for open waiting lists, especially when applying to different communities or when waiting lists are only kept open a short time.

Online applications were used for 37.1% of waiting list applications in in Pennsylvania over the last three years.

How fair is waiting list placement in Pennsylvania?

Random lotteries were used by 8.6% of housing authorities in Pennsylvania to place applicants on their waiting lists over the last three years.

Applicants placed at the bottom of a waiting list may wait up to two or three years before being offered a voucher. Placing applicants on a waiting list using a random lottery gives everyone a fair chance to be near the top of the list.

Many housing authorities place applicants according to the date and time of their submission. Applicants who apply later will have a long wait for assistance, which is especially unfair in cases where waiting lists are kept open just few days or less.

How long do households spend on an HCV waiting list in Pennsylvania before receiving a voucher?

Households spend an average of 24 months on a waiting list before receiving a voucher in Pennsylvania.

Who is served by HCV programs offered through housing authorities in Pennsylvania?

HCV households served by housing authorities in Pennsylvania include:

  • 31% headed by seniors
  • 28% with a person with a disability
  • 40% with children
  • 26% where the majority of household income comes from wages earned

What is the income level of households served by HCV programs offered through housing authorities in Pennsylvania?

According to HUD, in general, in order to receive a voucher, a household's income may not exceed 50% of the median income (50% AMI) for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. By law, a housing authority must provide 75% of its voucher to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30% of the area median income (30% AMI).

A 50% AMI household is considered very low-income (VLI) and a 30% AMI household is considered extremely low-income (ELI). ELI households are a subset of the VLI households served by a housing authority.

In the voucher programs of housing authorities in Pennsylvania, VLI households make up 96% of voucher-holding households.

ELI households make up 77% of voucher-holding households.

Is there an application fee for Section 8 waiting lists?

It is against HUD policy for an agency to charge for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher application. If anyone is charging a fee for an application, they are either violating federal law, or a scammer with an empty promise. Do not pay for an application.

Why are there Section 8 waiting lists?

Like most low income housing programs, renters are placed on a waiting list to get a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher because there is a very high demand for vouchers, and a limited supply.

Waiting lists for a Section 8 voucher also tend to be longer than those for other housing programs because renters can live in an apartment or house of their choice. Most of the other rental housing programs require the household to live in a pre-determined apartment.

How does a Section 8 waiting list work?

Renters must first submit an application to a housing authority with an open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting list. If a waiting list is not currently open, applications cannot be submitted.

After applying, the housing authority will create a list of qualified applicants that is sorted by random lottery, or the date and time applications were received. Many of these waiting lists have limited spots, so some applicants may not be selected for the waiting list, even if they are qualified.

If the household is selected for the waiting list, the housing authority will send confirmation. Be aware that some waiting lists have preferences (such as elderly or local applicants), and qualified households are given priority placement over others.

After getting placed on a waiting list, prepare to wait for some time. Because of the high demand of the HCV program, waiting lists may be many months or years long.

Once the household reaches the top of the waiting list, an eligibility interview will be held to make sure that everyone is qualified. If the household does not meet the qualifications, they can continue applying to other open waiting lists for a chance to get a voucher.

Who can apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

To apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, the head of the household must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or an eligible immigrant. If the head of household cannot submit an application, another person can submit one on their behalf.

There are many qualifications to get a Section 8 voucher, including income, housing, and criminal history. But those requirements do not prevent a person from applying for an open waiting list.

What is needed to apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

To apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, renters must usually provide their first and last name, date of birth, Social Security Number or Alien ID, and the total gross income of all household members (with exceptions).

Applications may ask for additional information, including housing history, criminal history, proof of income, and preference verification. Applicants may also be asked for demographic information, like gender, disability status, or race and ethnicity.

When can I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

Applications for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher can only be submitted when the housing authority opens the program's waiting list.

For many areas, waiting lists are only open for a brief period. And depending on the area, when a waiting list closes, it may not reopen for many months or years. But there are also many housing authorities that keep their waiting lists open indefinitely, which means that there is no scheduled close date. These waiting lists can close at any time, but they sometimes stay open for months or years.

Can I apply for multiple Section 8 waiting lists?

Yes, renters can apply for multiple Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists. There is no limit to how many waiting lists a household may be on.

But, it's usually not allowed to submit multiple applications for the same waiting list. If more than one application is submitted for the same waiting list, the household risks getting disqualified.

What is a Section 8 waiting list lottery?

In many areas, the demand for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers is so great that the managing housing authority cannot add all applicants to its waiting list. To give all applicants an equal chance of being placed on the waiting list, many agencies draw names by random lottery from the entire pool of applicants.

Housing authorities will usually state if they are doing a lottery drawing on the public notice for the waiting list. If there is not a lottery, applicants will be placed on the waiting list by the date and time the application is received.

How long is a waiting list for Section 8 housing?

Once a household is placed on a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, they may wait anywhere between many months or years before being offered a rental assistance voucher.

There is no typical wait time for a voucher. The amount of time spent on a waiting list depends on various factors, including how many preferences are met, and the location of rental assistance. An applicant in one area of the country may wait less than a year, while someone in another area is on a waiting list for five years or more.

How can I get more information about a Section 8 waiting list?

The easiest way to get more information about many Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting lists is to visit the housing authority's website. Most housing authorities with a website will have a dedicated Section 8 HCV page with details about the program.

However, not all housing authorities have a website. And some that do may provide a limited amount of information. If this is the case, contact the housing authority for help. The agency can tell you if a waiting list is open, how to apply, and other important application requirements.

Is there any way to get priority placement on a Section 8 waiting list?

Yes, many housing authorities use preferences to give a priority to applicants who are part of groups in the area that are in great need of assistance.

Common preference categories for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists include seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, homeless persons, and those who live and work locally. Applicants who qualify for preferences will have a shorter wait time than those who don't.

What is Section 8?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program gives low income rental assistance to individuals and families who need help affording monthly rent. Households with a Section 8 voucher may choose to live in any home that meets the program requirements, including apartments and single-family homes. It is a federal housing program that is run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Renters with a Section 8 voucher usually pay 30% of their income for rent. The rest is paid to the landlord by the managing housing authority.

When looking for housing options, be aware that there are other housing programs that use the name "Section 8," including the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) and Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) programs. However, the name "Section 8" on its own usually refers to the HCV program.

How do I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

When a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is open, there can be a number of different ways to submit an application. In most cases, Section 8 applications are available online, in person, by mail, or a variety of these options.

Online applications are often submitted through a form on a website. Printable applications may be available on the internet, as well. If an application can be sent by mail, a request for one is usually done by phone, mail or email.

In rare situations, applications may also be submitted by fax, or directly by phone. These outdated methods have been phased out by many housing authorities, but there are still some applications that operate this way.

Where can I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

Renters can apply to most open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in the country. You do not have to live in the area to apply to most waiting lists, but there are some with restrictions. If the waiting list is restricted, it means that the housing authority is targeting a specific demographic (such as homeless applicants), and documentation or a reference may be required to apply.

However, even if a waiting list is available to the general public, applicants who do not live in the area should check if there are preferences. Preferences give qualified applicants priority placement on the waiting list. And one of the most common preferences is for local residents. This means that non-local applicants may have a very long wait for a voucher, or may not get a voucher at all because of the local demand.